We believe in cultivating rural resilience, now more than ever. High levels of stress have been present in our agricultural communities. With the consequences and economic turmoil associated with COVID-19 we encourage you to learn more about how to support farmers, ranchers, and agriculture workers as they navigate increasing stress. Farm Credit has put together a Free training for you facilitated by providers and professionals who have experience supporting the agricultural community in these uncertain times.
Join us in recognition of
SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS
There is no single cause to suicide. Several factors can increase a person’s risk for attempting or dying by suicide. #BeThe1To is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s message for National Suicide Prevention Month and beyond. In our rural community, we may know someone who has been affected by a suicide loss or who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. Help promote awareness by sharing graphics and resources on your website/social media or print them out for display at your business/organization.
We have put together two messaging toolkits. Download and share the #BeThe1To message through your network and social media channels. This toolkit can also be printed and posted in order on community bulletin boards, storefront windows, local businesses, and offices.
Together, we can prevent suicide by learning to help ourselves, help others, seek consultation from trained providers (hotlines and clinicians) and to seek hospital care when necessary.
A Message from the National Action Alliance on Suicide Prevention
Consider ways to encourage the public to be there for someone who might be struggling or in crisis. Some examples of how someone can #BeThere include:
- Check in with a friend by phone or text message to see how they are doing.
- Invite a friend to meet for coffee or to share a meal together.
- Send a handwritten card to let someone know you are thinking of them.
- Learn the risk factors and warning signs.
- Help connect someone who is struggling to professional care.
- Share the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Number (800-273-8255), which provides 24/7, free, and confidential support. For specialized care, military veterans may press ‘1.’ In addition, anyone can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
Informational Resources for Suicide Prevention
Job Site Posters
Agricultural Work Can Be Stressful: Post at your workplace to increase awareness of warning signs and resources available to agriculture workers facing excessive stress.
Agricultural Work Can Be Stressful (In Spanish): Post at your workplace to increase awareness of warning signs and resources available to agriculture workers facing excessive stress.
Health & Safety in Rural Communities: Learn the warning signs and resources available to agriculture workers facing excessive stress.
Wallet Size Card
Warning Signs of Suicide Risk & How to Help: This resource can fit in your wallet to serve as a reference if someone you know is at risk.